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Fifa lifts Sudan FA suspension

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has lifted a suspension imposed on the Sudan Football Association.

Fifa suspended the organisation last week in accordance with a decision of the Bureau of the Fifa Council on June 27 following government interference at the SFA.

Fifa said the suspension would only be lifted if the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice was declared null and void, and the SFA’s board of directors, which includes president Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, was reinstated.

In a statement released yesterday (Thursday), Fifa said it had reinstated the SFA after Sudan’s Prime Minister. Bakri Hassan Salih. issued a resolution suspending the decree, which violated a Fifa rule that prevents government interference in national football associations.

The ban resulted in Sudanese clubs El Hilal and El Merreikh being disqualified from the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Champions League tournament, while Al Hilal Obeid was also eliminated from the Caf Confederation Cup. Sudanese clubs and national teams were unable to compete during the suspension.